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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Discuss Home Care?

Home Care Options in Philadelphia PA

Home Care Options in Philadelphia PAIn life, there may be certain conversations people are reluctant to have with family members or friends. When it comes to elderly individuals, such as an aging parent, grandparent, or other family member, there might be topics considered taboo or at least extremely difficult to bring up.

One of those topics could very well be home care support services.

Some people are fiercely independent and have a variety of misconceptions about home care aides and other types of caregivers. They may believe the moment they begin considering home care as a viable option is the moment they lose their independence. They may see home care support as being little more than personal nursing care at home. That usually means (in many people’s perspectives) that they would be dealing with serious health issues at that time.

In truth, home care can be beneficial for many seniors.

A person may require home care support following a stroke, and that may include a visiting nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and other medical professionals, but a home care aide can also be a valuable asset for individuals who can still perform many of the basic tasks of daily life.

For example, a woman in her mid-70s who has been taking care of her ailing husband for years might begin struggling to keep up with everything. She may call on her adult daughter, friend, or even a neighbor to help her with certain things every once in a while, but eventually she realizes she’s calling on them far too often.

In that type of situation, a home care aide can help with her husband, assist her with laundry, light housekeeping, preparing meals, and even taking her to doctors’ appointments, to go shopping, or just to get out and enjoy some nice weather once in a while.

So how do you know when it’s time to discuss home care with an aging loved one?

If you worry about their safety, it’s time to talk about it. If they’re withdrawing from activities they used to enjoy, it’s time to talk about it. If they’re spending less time outside because they don’t have physical support, it’s time to talk about it.

When you learn more about home care options, you’ll know when the time is right to talk about it with an elderly loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s home care in Philadelphia, PA please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care. Call today! 215-882-8234

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Renato Amorim

President & Co-Owner at Assisting Hands Home Care
Renato Amorim, president of Assisting Hands Home Care operations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked for the past twenty years in government and international business, where he had the opportunity to carry out investment and business-development projects in all continents. He has managed teams of professionals spread over several countries in pharmaceutical and mining multinational companies.

Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.

After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.

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